Program Objectives

The School Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is designed for those persons who plan to devote their professional careers to one of the many aspects of school psychological services and desire to achieve a proficiency which will enable them to assume a role of leadership based on a considerable depth of understanding in their work. The Program recognizes that a contemporary training program must prepare its students for the complex challenges of today's schools and school children, as well as provide them with the intellectual curiosity and professional enthusiasm to meet the demands of the future. Consistent with the above philosophy, training model, and knowledge base, the School Psychology Program has the following training objectives:

  • To train individuals who intend to be practicing school psychologists and who will promote school psychology as a profession in the highest representative fashion;
  • To teach the basic skills and content areas of psychology and education in order to meet the requirements of School Psychology as defined by the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction Certification for Provisional and (Full) School Psychologists;
  • To teach students to have respect for the scientific rigor and principles that are the hallmark of the field of psychology at large and the integration of science and professional practice;
  • To train students skilled in non-biased assessment of school-aged children and youth and to see assessment as integrated with well-researched, measurable treatment procedures.
  • To train students to become competent in serving as consultants to teachers, parents and other personnel in their work setting and prepared to carry out programs of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention;
  • To train students to become professionals who will act as child advocates and facilitate the optimal best interest of the child in the environments of school, home and community;
  • To train students to become professional school psychologists who are sensitive to and accepting of human diversity and who are academically prepared for the challenges presented in a pluralistic society;
  • To train students to become professionals who will not only be effective consumers of others' research, but as a function of their practice, be able to conduct applied research to benefit the children and families whom they serve;
  • To provide students with exposure to and understanding of the ethics and values of the school psychology profession;
  • To promote in students a need and respect for continuing professional development and to address those needs through advanced continuing professional development course work and workshops.